- June 9
I have been a lifelong artist in many mediums, though after taking a pastel class in 15 years ago, I fell in love with the intensity of color that pure pigment pastels provide. Since then I have developed my skills through practice and workshops. In my travels throughout the world over the last 20 years I have taken in the environments and cultures that have enriched my life in uncountable ways. I enjoy interpreting the abundance of the world around me, the beauty of nature, the expression on faces, and the people, places and creatures that inhabit our common home.
I am a Milwaukie resident, and west coast native, and a mostly self-taught artist who is inspired by the beauty of nature in all it’s incredible glory. In 2007 I moved to a remote island in Fiji to live off grid and experience village life for 7 years. During my time there I wrote “Secrets of Health and Beauty from Fiji”, that included 50 watercolor paintings of the beautiful plants and landscapes of Fiji. Prior to (and since) moving to Fiji I taught children creative arts therapies for 30 years in the Portland metro area. I love traveling internationally for opportunities to paint and take reference photos in exotic locales. Experiencing nature and other cultures opens not only my eyes, but my heart and mind. When not engaging in painting, or traveling, I enjoy gardening, hiking, kayaking and scuba diving.
I have shown my work at Three Rivers Art Gallery, ArtReach Gallery, Milwaukie Little by Little, Clackamas County Art Alliance, Splendorporium, Creative Arts Community exhibits, Big 500, the Canby Library, and through art shows and open studios. I have been a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast since 2015.